A group of thousands of migrants from south of the border have been steadily working their way toward the U.S. in recent weeks. As many as 3,000 reached the border with San Diego, and there have been some serious concerns about what the outcome would be.
Would the migrants just be able to cross directly into the U.S.? If not, where would they go, how, and when?
It has been determined by the federal government that the migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. will have to wait in Mexico while they are processed as part a new plan called “Remain in Mexico.”
In the past, people seeking asylum had been permitted to stay in the U.S. rather than being deported while they waited for their asylum cases to be processed. But not anymore, as they now have to prove that they are being persecuted before they are privileged with entry.
At the same time, apparently Mexican laws state that the country does not allow people who are seeking to gain asylum in another country, such as the U.S., to stay in Mexico while their asylum cases are being processed.
So, people who have reached the border are camping in tents, sleeping in fields, or finding any other shelter they can. The problem is likely to only get worse as the federal government has said that up to 10,000 migrants could reach the border in the upcoming weeks and months.
Many of the migrants, claimed by the media to be “refugees” rather than what they actually are — economic migrants — are getting impatient. Some have begun acting more aggressively by rushing up to the border and even throwing rocks or other objects at border patrol personnel.
In an effort to protect its borders and citizens, as is its duty and right, the U.S. had sent close to 6,000 active-duty military troops to the border. President Donald Trump has been attempting to respond to the crisis before it gets out of hand. However, the administration’s actions have been met with stiff resistance from the judiciary.
A federal judge prevented the Trump Administration from being able to enforce a ban on asylum for migrants who cross the border into the U.S. illegally. In response, the White House said if those people were able to enter the U.S. illegally, that would allow “countless illegal aliens to pour into our country.”
U.S. border patrol agents released tear gas in order to respond to violent migrants who were throwing rocks and attempting to force their way across the fence — not exactly the best way to improve your image.
Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Secretary, said that DHS “will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons…We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”
~ Conservative Zone